“A” is for April Adventures
I recently decided to take the plunge and join the A to Z Blogging Challenge. By taking part in this event, bloggers agree to post every day in April, except for the final four Sundays. On Day One, we use the letter ‘A’ as our writing prompt, Day Two we use letter B and so on.
This Blogging Challenge was initiated in 2010, by Arlee Bird. One-hundred bloggers joined Arlee that year. In 2016, this event included 1344 participants.
Why in the world would anyone choose to blog every day, especially with the added ‘A to Z twist’? The reasons vary from blogger to blogger. Here are mine:
1. What I wanted to read when I was considering retirement.
After I announced that I was retiring, many people thought that I was crazy. Well-meaning warnings of how bored and lonely I would become were frequent. Out came the horror stories. Like the one about my hairdresser’s friend who retired from a stimulating career simply to drive to the grocery store, unpack his groceries and arrange them on his pantry shelves….as the highlight of his days! With this challenge, I have the opportunity to provide a month-long, daily sample of retirement that (hopefully) offers an entirely different picture than that of my hairdresser’s friend.
2. You get what you focus upon.
As I begin to enter my third year of retirement, I want to ensure that I continue to shake things up, try new things and not just stick with what I already do and know. Anticipating this challenge has already made me search online to discover upcoming events and happenings in our community. Perfect!
3. A fitting way to wrap up my Guest Post Series.
Thank you to all who have contributed to/followed my ‘Sundays at Six Guest Post Series’ for the past ten months. This series will wrap up on Sunday, April 22. I am grateful for all who have so generously shared their experiences and expertise regarding retirement, creative lifestyle and/or travel. This has offered a much broader picture than I could have provided on my own. I have learned a great deal and hope that you have too!
4. Testing my endurance.
Marathoners run, Spelling Bee Champions spell…and they love to test their endurance. The same goes with writers and bloggers. Do I have what it takes? We’ll soon find out!
5. Being true to my word.
The subtitle of my blog promises “New Chapters, New Discoveries and New Adventures.” This challenge provides the perfect lens to ensure that I stay true to this commitment.
6. Connecting, and staying connected, with others.
It is no secret that I LOVE writing. The thing that keeps me blogging, is the people that I connect with in this corner of the writing world. I love when a post stimulates engaging discussion. I continue to be surprised when someone ‘in real life’ says “I read your blog today.” What better way to connect with who’s ‘out there’ than by putting myself ‘out there’ too?
My plan, she says with confidence, is to post each evening this month about adventures encountered that day. This makes it impossible for me to complete my posts in advance. (Why do I ALWAYS chose to do things the hard way?!) I’d love for you to drop by and check out what’s happening with my April Adventures, and share what’s happening with your own. And if you have any suggestions for adventures that you would like me to include, that would be awesome…especially if they start with Q (for Day 17) or Z (for Day 26)!
Happy Easter everyone! And a very happy birthday to our oldest son, Shea!
This is not an April Fools post. 🙂